I believe Blogging should be informative, then entertaining. To talk without real meaning does no one any good,”Give a man a fish and you fill his stomach for a day but teach a man to fish and HE can fill his stomach with food every day.”

 

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001NJUPDO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrHave you ever been told “Don’t rock the boat“, “Let sleeping dogs lay” or “It is what it is, so let it be!”

Well so have I; the only problem is I didn’t listen then and since it’s an eternal issue concerning millions of souls going to Hell, I won’t listen now either!

Signs and wonders refer to the miracles produced by the Holy Spirit, such as through the Apostles, especially Paul, as a testimony to God’s power and glory.

We can see them portrayed in many places in Scripture..BUT….

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000WR8QF2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhave you also noticed lately that the same group of “Naysayers” about the cults have begun to attack and EAT their own in the “Body of Christ” and give all that “FALSE religion” right in front of them a BIG FAT PASS?

Kingdom of the Cults, The

Cults: Dangerous Devotion

Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults

Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more (Vintage)

Kingdom of the Cults-Introduction to the Cults

Killer Cults: Shocking True Stories of the Most Dangerous Cults In History

Jonestown – The Life & Death of Peoples Temple

Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace

“That just because we agree on some things, that we should look the other way concerning the truth that God says plainly!”

It has become an epidemic in the Church to cannibalize the truth we know, acting as wolves instead of sheep!

Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing: How Unseen Need Destroys Friendship and Community and What to Do about It

Wolves in the Church

Wolves Within the Fold: Religious Leadership and Abuses of Power

In the Shadow of “Savage Wolves”: Anabaptist Munster and the German Reformation During the 1530’s (Studies in Central European Histories)

Beware of Wolves: The Rise of Psycho-Spiritual Terrorism in the Church (Volume 2)

Kingdom Zoology: Dealing with the Wolves, Serpents and Swine in Your Life (Arabic Language Edition)

Matthew 7:15 (Amplified)

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.”

Matthew 7:14-16 (in Context) Matthew 7 (Whole Chapter)

Hand in Hand with wolves in the past? No different today!

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1596985151&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrSo do not be led astray by false ideas, trends, or other things just because they are new OR FOR THAT MATTER OLD, remember just as much crap is preached, that is traditional as that which we deem new doctrine.

Galatians 4:17

“Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them.”

The Corinthian church for example was chastised for tolerating “other gospels”–gospel accounts and religious claims that don’t come from God or his apostles.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0840762275&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThere is only one Gospel not many versions of it and one way to God not many roads leading to the same place; there are no substitutes for Jesus or additional accounts of what he meant by what he said.

Christians must always be on guard against false teachers within the church.

2 Peter 2:3

“In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.

Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”


http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000JQV0RC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe early church had to watch carefully for signs of false doctrine, and we must continue to do this today.

“Garbage in a silver garbage-can is still trash!”

False Teachers Will be Judged and Destroyed!

Take heed, God will destroy those who are wicked; but take comfort, for He also will rescue those who are in Him.

No one is immune from the judgment of God,NO ONE.

No one will escape God’s wrath!

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Why then do we FALL hook, line and sinker for what we could have done ourselves, Satan just uses US to do his “miracle-working” and we look in amazement as if he did something wonderful!

The Devil is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. What do you think he’s doing?

He’s planting a seed that resembles what you planted in Jesus name.

When you reap from that wrong seed that produces crap; what do YOU do?

You simply fall in devotion to YOUR way of believing, basing a new “tradition” on that “false growth” from “bad soil” and call it a blessing “From God”.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=159731000X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“Doctrines of Demons are the false seed planted in good soil turning it bad!”

Satan is seeking to prevent the growth of the wheat, not the planting but the growth by planting another plant, the tares, which closely resemble the wheat in appearance…but choke out it’s life-giving force.

Seducing Spirits and Doctrines of Demons: Last-Day Supernatural Confrontation 

Doctrines of demons: A Christian response to the occult 

Doctrines of Demons…Exposed: And Countered by the Word of God 

The Sins of America: Part 2: Foundation of the Nation, Agendas and Doctrines of Demons 

 

Dancing Alone: The Quest for Orthodox Faith in the Age of False Religion 

 Fast Facts® on False Teachings 

 The final flock: The final gathering of Satans false religions 

 

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002E1AHK6&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrPlease understand that this problem is deep enough to cover the whole of religion not only the Protestant and Catholic Churches, we don’t disagree on EVERYTHING just the most Important issues of Salvation and Lifestyle!

The Church has fallen prey to an insidious evil called “False Devotion“, we become devoted to our Denominations, our pastors, our teachers, our VERSION of the Truth.

Fellowship: With God & His People: The Way of Christ Without Denominationalism

Denominationalism vs. Christian union

That They May Be One: The Unity of the Body of Christ

The Jesus Proposal: A Theological Framework for Maintaining the Unity of the Body of Christ

Love Covers: a Biblical Design for Unity in the Body of Christ

Unity in the Body of Christ

Father Make Them One: A Prayer of Jesus

ONE: Racial Unity in the Body of Christ

You Are a Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience

Our Oneness in Christ

This a very unhealthy practice IF we do not keep our flesh in check, flesh devotes itself to that which loves it, preserves it and otherwise supports it!

I think God is fed up with the hypocrisy of defending the indefensible doctrines in the name of “Getting Along with others”!

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0217374824&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrTrust me, getting along with Satan is not what God said to do, we are to CAST HIM OUT….not kiss his @##!

“Good Works cannot save the soul or the human heart any more than the symbol of salvation, ‘water baptism” can make you born again! “

THE GREAT WITTENBERG DEBATE: LUTHER Vs. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH!

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1170504930&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe First Commandment. FROM MARTIN LUTHER’S CATECHISM:

The First Commandment.


“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

That is:

“Thou shalt have [and worship] Me alone as thy God.”

What is the force of this, and how is it to be understood?

What does it mean to have a god?

or, what is God?

Answer:

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If your faith and trust be right, then is your god also true; and, on the other hand, if your trust be false and wrong, then you have not the true God; for these two belong together faith and God.

That now, I say, upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god.

Therefore it is the intent of this commandment to require true http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000IR1S10&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrfaith and trust of the heart which settles upon the only true God and clings to Him alone.

That is as much as to say:

“See to it that you let Me alone be your God, and never seek another,” i.e.: Whatever you lack of good things, expect it of Me, and look to Me for it, and whenever you suffer misfortune and distress, creep and cling to Me.

I, yes, I, will give you enough and help you out of every need; only let not your heart cleave to or rest in any other.

This I must unfold somewhat more plainly, that it may be understood and perceived by ordinary examples of the contrary.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=9756426551&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrMany a one thinks that he has God and everything in abundance when he has money and possessions; he trusts in them and boasts of them with such firmness and assurance as to care for no one.

Lo, such a man also has a god, Mammon by name, i.e., money and possessions, on which he sets all his heart, and which is also the most common idol on earth.

He who has money and possessions feels secure, and is joyful and undismayed as though he were sitting in the midst of Paradise.

On the other hand, he who has none doubts and is despondent, as though he knew of no God. For very few are to be found who are of good cheer, and who neither mourn nor complain if they have not Mammon.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1412018587&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThis [care and desire for money] sticks and clings to our nature, even to the grave.

So, too, whoever trusts and boasts that he possesses great skill, prudence, power, favor friendship, and honor has also a god, but not this true and only God.

This appears again when you notice how presumptuous, secure, and proud people are because of such possessions, and how despondent when they no longer exist or are withdrawn.

Therefore I repeat that the chief explanation of this point is that to have a god is to have something in which the heart entirely trusts.

Besides, consider what in our blindness, we have hitherto been practising and doing under the Papacy.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003CW67W8&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIf any one had toothache, he fasted and honored St. Apollonia [acerated his flesh by voluntary fasting to the honor of St.

Apollonia]; if he was afraid of fire, he chose St. Lawrence as his helper in need; if he dreaded pestilence, he made a vow to St. Sebastian or Rochio, and a countless number of such abominations, where every one selected his own saint, worshiped him, and called for help to him in distress.

Here belong those also, as, e.g., sorcerers and magicians, whose idolatry is most gross, and who make a covenant with the devil, in order that he may give them plenty of money or help them in love-affairs, preserve their cattle, restore to them lost possessions, etc.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1170000509&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrFor all these place their heart and trust elsewhere than in the true God, look for nothing good to Him nor seek it from Him.

Thus you can easily understand what and how much this commandment requires, namely, that man’s entire heart and all his confidence be placed in God alone, and in no one else.

For to have God, you can easily perceive, is not to lay hold of Him with our hands or to put Him in a bag [as money], or to lock Him in a chest [as silver vessels].

But to apprehend Him means when the heart lays hold of Him and clings to Him. But to cling to Him with the heart is nothing else than to trust in Him entirely.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B00283PQCE&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrFor this reason He wishes to turn us away from everything else that exists outside of Him, and to draw us to Himself, namely, because He is the only eternal good.

As though He would say:

Whatever you have heretofore sought of the saints, or for whatever [things] you have trusted in Mammon or anything else, expect it all of Me, and regard Me as the one who will help you and pour out upon you richly all good things.

Lo, here you have the meaning of the true honor and worship of God, which pleases God, and which He commands under penalty of eternal wrath, namely, that the heart know no other comfort or confidence than in Him, and do not suffer itself to be torn from Him, but, for Him, risk and disregard everything upon earth.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002A1ZZ0C&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrOn the other hand, you can easily see and judge how the world practises only false worship and idolatry.

For no people has ever been so reprobate as not to institute and observe some divine worship; every one has set up as his special god whatever he looked to for blessings, help, and comfort.

Thus, for example, the heathen who put their trust in power and dominion elevated Jupiter as the supreme god; the others, who were bent upon riches, happiness, or pleasure, and a life of ease, Hercules, Mercury, Venus or others; women with child, Diana or Lucina, and so on; thus every one made that his god to which his heart was inclined, so that even in the mind of the heathen to have a god means to trust and believe.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B00295H08E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBut their error is this that their trust is false and wrong for it is not placed in the only God, besides whom there is truly no God in heaven or upon earth.

Therefore the heathen really make their self-invented notions and dreams of God an idol, and put their trust in that which is altogether nothing.

Thus it is with all idolatry; for it consists not merely in erecting an image and worshiping it, but rather in the heart, which stands gaping at something else, and seeks help and consolation from creatures saints, or devils, and neither cares for God, nor looks to Him for so much good as to believe that He is willing to help, neither believes that whatever good it experiences comes from God.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0028X1OR0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBesides, there is also a false worship and extreme idolatry, which we have hitherto practised, and is still prevalent in the world, upon which also all ecclesiastical orders are founded, and which concerns the conscience alone that seeks in its own works help, consolation, and salvation, presumes to wrest heaven from God, and reckons how many bequests it has made, how often it has fasted, celebrated Mass, etc.

Upon such things it depends, and of them boasts, as though unwilling to receive anything from God as a gift, but desires itself to earn or merit it superabundantly, just as though He must serve us and were our debtor, and we His liege lords.

“The Word is God and God is his Word, therefore do not tamper with its purity!”

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0801480566&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrWhat is this but reducing God to an idol, yea, [a fig image or] an apple-god, and elevating and regarding ourselves as God ?

But this is slightly too subtile, and is not for young pupils.

But let this be said to the simple, that they may well note and remember the meaning of this commandment, namely, that we are to trust in God alone, and look to Him and expect from Him naught but good, as from one who gives us body, life, food, drink, nourishment, health, protection, peace, and all necessaries of both temporal and eternal things.

He also preserves us from misfortune, and if any evil befall us, delivers and rescues us, so that it is God alone (as has been http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=097024181X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrsufficiently said) from whom we receive all good, and by whom we are delivered from all evil.

Hence also, I think, we Germans from ancient times call God (more elegantly and appropriately than any other language) by that name from the word good as being an eternal fountain which gushes forth abundantly nothing but what is good, and from which flows forth all that is and is called good.

For even though otherwise we experience much good from men, still whatever we receive by His command or arrangement is all received from God.

For our parents, and all rulers, and every one besides with respect to his neighbor, have received from God the command that they should do us all manner of good, so that we receive these blessings not from them, but, through them, from God.

Not by Bread Alone: An Outlined Guide to Bible Doctrine

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=158736445X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe letter to Titus: Sound doctrine and good works, a self-study course

Things Which Become Sound Doctrine: Doctrinal Studies of Fourteen Crucial Words of Faith

Sound Doctrine: The Foundation of the Faith

THE TRACT PRIMER: First Lessons in Sound Doctrine for Young Children

The Seven Judgments of the Bible

Sound Doctrine For Today’s Christians; What the bible says

 

For creatures are only the hands, channels, and means whereby God gives all things, as He gives to the mother breasts and milk to offer to her child, and corn and all manner of produce from the http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000QO42A4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrearth for nourishment, none of which blessings could be produced by any creature of itself.

Therefore no man should presume to take or give anything except as God has commanded, in order that it may be acknowledged as God’s gift, and thanks may be rendered Him for it, as this commandment requires.

On this account also these means of receiving good gifts through creatures are not to be rejected, neither should we in presumption seek other ways and means than God has commanded. For that would not be receiving from God, hut seeking of ourselves.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001497X5G&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrLet every one, then, see to it that he esteem this commandment great and high above all things, and do not regard it as a joke.

Ask and examine your heart diligently, and you will find whether it cleaves to God alone or not.

If you have a heart that can expect of Him nothing but what is good, especially in want and distress, and that, moreover renounces and forsakes everything that is not God, then you have the only true God.

If on the contrary, it cleaves to anything else, of which it expects more good and help than of God, and does not take refuge in Him, but in adversity flees from Him, then you have an idol, another god.

In order that it may be seen that God will not have this http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000CNESNA&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrcommandment thrown to the winds, but will most strictly enforce it, He has attached to it first a terrible threat, and then a beautiful, comforting promise which is also to be urged and impressed upon young people, that they may take it to heart and retain it:

[Exposition of the Appendix to the First Commandment.]

The ten commandments for children (Full-Vision books) 

 

“For I am the Lord, thy God, strong and jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.”

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001T74QOY&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrAlthough these words relate to all the commandments (as we shall hereafter learn), yet they are joined to this chief commandment because it is of first importance that men have a right head; for where the head is right, the whole life must be right, and vice versa.

Learn, therefore, from these words how angry God is with those who trust in anything but Him, and again, how good and gracious He is to those who trust and believe in Him alone with the whole heart; so that His anger does not cease until the fourth generation, while, on the other hand, His blessing and goodness extend to many thousands lest you live in such security and commit yourself to chance, as men of brutal heart, who think that it makes no great difference [how they live].

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0801022916&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrHe is a God who will not leave it unavenged if men turn from Him, and will not cease to be angry until the fourth generation, even until they are utterly exterminated. Therefore He is to be feared, and not to be desisted.

He has also demonstrated this in all history, as the Scriptures abundantly show and daily experience still teaches.

For from the beginning He has utterly extirpated all idolatry, and, on account of it, both heathen and Jews; even as at the present day He overthrows all false worship, so that all who remain therein must finally perish. Therefore, although proud, powerful, and rich worldlings [Sardanapaluses and Phalarides, who surpass even the Persians in wealth] are now to be found, who boast defiantly of their Mammon, with utter disregard whether God is angry at or smiles on them, and dare to withstand His wrath, yet http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0521379849&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrthey shall not succeed, but before they are aware,they shall be wrecked, with all in which they trusted; as all others have perished who have thought themselves more secure or powerful.

And just because of such hardened heads who imagine because God connives and allows them to rest in security, that He either is entirely ignorant or cares nothing about such matters, He must deal a smashing blow and punish them,,so that He cannot forget it unto children’s children; so that every one may take note and see that this is no joke to Him. For they are those whom He means when He says: Who hate Me, i.e., those who persist in their defiance and pride; whatever is preached or said to them, they will not listen; when they are reproved, in order that they may learn to know themselves and amend before the punishment begins, they become mad and foolish so as to fairly merit wrath, as now we see daily in bishops and princes.

The perversion of submision [sic]: Idols in the Christian church 

Images or Idols?: The Place of Sacred Art in Churches Today 

 The Molten Calf : Idol Gods in the Church 

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=141431602X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrVictorian Reformation: The Fight Over Idolatry in the Church of England, 1840-1860 (Religion, Culture,and History Series) 

Popular Piety And Art In The Late Middle Ages: Image Worship and Idolatry in England 1350-1500 

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters 

Popery on the Continent in the nineteenth century: A warning to the Protestants of England : being a lecture delivered before the Islington Protestant Institute, on Monday, April 26, 1847 

The true and false in Christian work and worship (The evangel booklets) 

 

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1170173594&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBut terrible as are these threatenings, so much the more powerful is the consolation in the promise, that those who cling to God alone should be sure that He will show them mercy that is, show them pure goodness and blessing not only for themselves, but also to their children and children’s children, even to the thousandth generation and beyond that.

This ought certainly to move and impel us to risk our hearts in all confidence with God, if we wish all temporal and eternal good, since the Supreme Majesty makes such sublime offers and presents such cordial inducements and such rich promises.

How to Recognize False Prophets and Prophecies in the Church 

Idolatry: False Worship in the Bible, Early Judaism, And Christianity 

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0979907314&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrTherefore let everyone seriously take this to heart, lest it be regarded as though a man had spoken it. For to you it is a question either of eternal blessing, happiness, and salvation, or of eternal wrath, misery, and woe. 

What more would you have or desire than that He so kindly promises to be yours with every blessing, and to protect and help you in all need?

But, alas! here is the failure, that the world believes nothing of this, nor regards it as God’s Word, because it sees that those who trust in God and not in Mammon suffer care and want, and the devil opposes and resists them, that they have neither money, favor, nor honor, and, besides, can scarcely support life; while, on the other hand, those who serve Mammon have power, favor, honor, possessions, and every comfort in the eyes of the world.

For this reason, these words must be grasped as being directed http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002RYXA3Q&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifragainst such appearances; and we must consider that they do not lie or deceive, but must come true.

Reflect for yourself or make inquiry and tell me:

Those who have employed all their care and diligence to accumulate great possessions and wealth, what have they finally attained?

You will find that they have wasted their toil and labor, or even though they have amassed great treasures, they have been dispersed and scattered, so that the themselves have never found happiness in their wealth, and afterwards never reached the third generation.

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Saul was a great king, chosen of God and a godly man; but when he was established on his throne, and let his heart decline from God, and put his trust in his crown and power, he had to perish with all that he had, so that none even of his children remained.

David, on the other hand, was a poor, despised man, hunted down and chased, so that he nowhere felt secure of his life; yet he had to remain in spite of Saul, and become king. For these words had to abide and come true, since God cannot lie or deceive.

Only let not the devil and the world deceive you with their show, which indeed remains for a time, but finally is nothing.

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Let this suffice with respect to the First Commandment, which we have had to explain at length, since it is of chief importance, because, as before said, where the heart is rightly disposed toward God and this commandment is observed, all the others follow.

Honor God’s Name: The Second Commandment 

The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life 

The Ten Offenses 

 

THE ONLY PROBLEM HERE IS THAT LUTHER NEVER MENTIONS THE TRUE SECOND COMMANDMENT….WHY?

HAVING BEEN RAISED IN CATHOLISISM HE DID NOT BELIEVE ALL OF GOD’S COMMANDMENTS , THE DECEPTION OF THE CHURCH IN REGARDS TO THE SECOND COMMANDMENT WAS SAFE FOR A TIME.


4.“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:


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6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”



Both Exodus and Deuteronomy list the Ten in the same order.

Luther did not believe the Second Commandment, so he omitted it in his Large and Small Catechism, this is deception at it’s greatest.

Therefore, to show ten commandments in his catechisms after eliminating the Second, he than takes the Tenth Commandment and divides it in two, showing it as number Nine and number Ten.

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The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life 

Kids’ Ten Commandments: The Complete Collection 

In order to prepare you for this deceit, he states on Page 44 of The Small Catechism the following:

NOTE: The policy of false reasoning he uses…..

“The Lord gave the Ten commandments, but he did not say which is the First, the Second, the Third, etc. Not all churches use the same order in numbering the Commandments.”

BUT THE BIBLE DOES GET IT RIGHT SO…….

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The ONLY arbiter of Truth is the Word of God not ANY denomination….period!

This statement is simply to cover Luther’s real deceit, should you notice in his catechism that the Second Commandment of the Bible is omitted by Luther.

He then takes the Third Commandment and lists it as the Second Commandment. Very sneaky by a man who claimed to believe God.

Now, let’s go to Exodus 20:1-3 and notice in Verse 3 which commandment God gives first.

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(Vs. 1,2). In Verse 3, he gives the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

In refutation of Luther’s statement on Page 44 (Small Catechism), Why would God have to say this is the First Commandment when it is the First Commandment God gave, its simple Logic that it is.

In order to hide from you the fact he did not believe the Second Commandment, Luther further states that, “not all churches use the same order in numbering the commandments.”

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Why would any Bible-believing church change the order of the commandments, from the order in which God gave them?

Maybe God should have consulted with Luther to see if He was doing it right. All of this is Luther’s smoke-screen to cover up your perception of his unbelief in God’s Second Commandment, which he omitted in his catechisms.

Let’s look again at Luther’s statement on Page 44 (Small Catechism) where he states that “God did not say which is the First, the Second, the Third Commandment and etc.”

Yet, Luther on Page 5 (Small Catechism) lists the First http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0875521983&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrCommandment as the First Commandment that God gave. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3).

Knowing this, the next commandment in Verses 4-6 would be the Second Commandment. Then follows the Third Commandment in Verse 7 which states: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.”

But, notice when you go to Page 5 (Small Catechism), Luther takes the Third Commandment and tells you it is the Second Commandment.

This is Luther’s first lie in the deception of getting you to believe him instead of believing God’s Word concerning the Ten Commandments.

SORRY, BUT LUTHER WAS STILL PROTECTING THE CATHOLIC LIE AGAINST GOD’S WORD!

The Babylonian Captivity of the Mainline Church 

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A. The Second Lie. In Exodus 20:5, God said the Fourth Commandment is, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” Luther says this is the Third Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 5).

B. The Third Lie. In Exodus 20:12, God said the Fifth Commandment is “honour thy father and thy mother.” Luther says this is the Fourth Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 6).

C. The Fourth Lie. In Exodus 20:13, God said the Sixth http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0801855985&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrCommandment is, “Thou shalt not kill.” Luther says this is the Fifth Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 6).

D. The Fifth Lie. In Exodus 20:14, God said the Seventh Commandment is, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Luther said this is the Sixth Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 6).

E. The Sixth Lie. In Exodus 20:15, God said the Eighth Commandment is, “Thou shalt not steal.” Luther said, “This is the Seventh Commandment.” (Small Catechism, Page 6).

F. The Seventh Lie. In Exodus 20:16, God said the Ninth Commandment is “Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.” Luther said, this is the Eighth Commandment (Small Catechism, Page 7).

G. The Eighth Lie. In Exodus 20:17, God said the Tenth Commandment is, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” Luther divides this verse and says this is Commandments Nine and Ten. (Small Catechism, page 7).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0874415837&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrLuther believed and followed the Roman Catholic organization in bowing to images made of Mary and various other “saints.” This is why Luther did not believe the Second Commandment and excluded it from his Catechism.

You talk about hypocrites and deceitful men concerning the Bible, Martin Luther is the Master of Deceit, and he BEGAN the Protestant faith we see today!

The Protestants have a LIE to start with, no wonder other lies crept in over the years. You cannot HUG the devil and Kiss God on the cheek and not be deceived!

Now let us examine what Luther says on Page 8 of his Small Catechism.

“What does God say of all these commandments?

By making the statement “all these commandments,” you are being led to believe that the Ten Commandments in Luther’s Catechism, pp. 5-7, are the same as given by God in Exodus 20.

If Luther had been an honest man, he would have come http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0829427023&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrstraightforward in his Catechism and told his followers, I do not believe in God’s Second Commandment; therefore, I have excluded it from my Ten Commandments. At least we could respect him for being honest with himself and his followers.

Luther continues on Page 8, Paragraph 2, of the Small Catechism, to warn his followers that, “God threatens to punish all that transgress these commandments.” This statement by Luther condemns himself, as he is the one who disbelieves the Second Commandment and excludes it from his Catechism.

This man has little value for the intelligence of his followers as will be seen by his next step of deception.

If you have a small catechism, I hope you will turn to Page 8, Paragraph 1, and notice what Luther quotes from the Bible, which is the Second Commandment found in Exodus 20:4-6.

Remember, this is the Commandment he excluded and didn’t believe. The following is the Second Commandment in its entirety from the Bible. What is underlined is only what Luther quoted in his Catechism. What is not underlined is what he did not believe.

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“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (V.5). And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (V.6).

Luther does not believe all of Verse 4 and only less than half of Verse 5. In other words, Luther says he believes God’s judgment will be upon those who do not believe in the Second Commandment, which includes himself.

Notice Verse 5, how that Luther does not believe the first half of the verse; but, says he believes the last half, which he quotes on Page 8. (Small Catechism).

James 1:8 describes Luther precisely,

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The Word of God in Proverbs 30:5 tells us that,

“Every word of god is pure…”

Luther, by excluding the Second Commandment, does not believe these words. Luther only picks and chooses which parts of the Bible he wants to believe, KIND OF LIKE HIS MOTHER CHURCH?

I have talked to many, many Lutherans and I have yet to find one who is aware of Luther’s disbelief and exclusion of the Second Commandment from his Catechism. Sad to say, they don’t even care.

Luther has been dead for about 460 years, and his false teachings are as much alive today as they were when he was living. This is only one of the many false teachings and deceptions of Luther.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0875522629&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrOne must remember that in 1508 Luther was appointed to a university in Wittenberg, Germany, as a public teacher of Philosophy. Notice Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Yes, Luther is unquestionably “the Master of Deceit.” Notice on Page 41, Paragraph 11 (Small Catechism) Luther’s words. “Every word of the Bible is God’s word, and therefore the Bible is without error.”

Luther lied in this statement in deleting the Second Commandment from his catechism which contains 91 words. Judge for yourself. Does Luther love God and believe that every word of the Bible is God’s Word, or is he a liar and a false teacher?

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Luthor’s 95 Thesies…What started it all?

THIS IS WHAT STARTED IT ALL WHEN MARTIN LUTHER NAILED THESE 95 THESES ON THE DOOR OF THE CHURCH HE CAME OUT OF: Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther
on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences
by Dr. Martin Luther (1517)

Published in:

Works of Martin Luther:
Adolph Spaeth, L.D. Reed, Henry Eyster Jacobs, et Al., Trans. & Eds.
(Philadelphia: A. J. Holman Company, 1915), Vol.1, pp. 29-38

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In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.


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Rev. Robert E. Smith

Walther Library

Concordia Theological Seminary.

E-mail:

smithre@mail.ctsfw.edu

Surface Mail:

6600 N. Clinton St.,

Ft. Wayne, IN 46825 USA

Phone:

(260) 452-3149

Fax:

(260) 452-2126

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Rome claims it alone is the true church and that there is no salvation outside it.

This is sometimes denied by Roman Catholics, but is abundantly documented by the statements and decrees of Popes and Church Councils.

Romanism is not seen in its true light in the United Kingdom or in the United States. As long as the majority in a country does not consist of Roman Catholics, the Church can carefully disguise its true aims and beliefs.

If you want to see Rome as it really is, just live in the Irish http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1433502313&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrRepublic, go to Spain or Italy, or step across the border into Mexico. Ask the missionaries of the Gospel who have laboured and suffered in these countries.

Non-Roman-Catholics are accursed by the Church of Rome. She does not recognise a marriage outside the Roman Church as legitimate, thereby making all married Protestants adulterers and their children bastards.

No marriage outside the Roman Church is recognised as valid. If any readers should be inclined to doubt this, we submit herewith the contract which every non-Roman-Catholic who wishes to marry a Roman Catholic is required to sign.

The Roman Church will marry a non-Roman-Catholic to a http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001P0UEXC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrRoman Catholic (by a priest), but only upon the condition that the following contract be signed by the non-Roman-Catholic.

The contract will speak for itself:

“I [the non-Roman-Catholic party] therefore agree:

  1. That I will not interfere in the least with the free exercise of the Catholic party’s religion;

  2. That I will adhere to the sacred doctrine of the indissolubility of the marriage bond, so that I cannot contract a second http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1155333063&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrmarriage while my consort is still alive, even though a civil divorce has been obtained;

  3. That all the children, both boys and girls, that may be born of this union shall be baptized and educated solely in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, even in the event of the death of my Catholic consort.

  4. In case of dispute I further hereby agree fully that the custody of all children shall be given to such guardians as assure this faithful execution of this covenant and promise, in the event that I cannot fulfil it myself;

  5. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1154494756&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThat I will lead a married life in conformity with the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding birth control, realizing fully the attitude of the Catholic Church in this regard;

  6. That no other marriage ceremony shall take place before or after this ceremony by the Catholic priest.”

There you have it!

How any professing Protestant can subscribe to such an agreement only indicates that the profession is utterly false.

If a non-Roman-Catholic man marries a Roman Catholic woman, he surrenders his place as the head of the woman and the home.

He willingly commits his children to a system of Satanic deception.

Plan for the Study of the Roman Catholic and Protestant Controversy. Illustrated by a Partial Treatment of the Dogma of Peter’s Supremacy … (at head of title: Published under the auspices of John Hope, Esq.) 

 

We believe the above contract speaks for itself as to the true nature of Romanism.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1432680862&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrWe want, however, to make ourselves clear that our quarrel is not with individual members of the Roman Church, but with the false, political, religious, ecclesiastical system.

We love every Roman Catholic and would win every one to Christ.

This series on the falsehoods of Rome is written not only to inform non-Roman-Catholics about the deceptions of that Church (the harlot of Revelation 17) but also to seek to show Roman Catholics what their Church really believes.

Many Roman Catholics themselves do not know what their Church symbolizes. Its aim is to keep its members in ignorance of what the Word of God really teaches.

What Rome teaches;: A comparison of some of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church with Holy Scripture 

Watch your teaching!: A comparative study of Roman Catholic and Protestant teaching since Vatican Council II, (Christian heritage series) 

The Roman Catholic College of Maynooth; Its Immoral Teaching Exposed, in the Speeches of R. Spooner 

The growth of Luther’s teaching of justification: A http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1862042020&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrre-examination of the development of Luther’s teaching of justification from a Roman Catholic to an Evangelical understanding 

Roman Catholic or Protestant: Which follows the teachings of Jesus Christ 

A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching (Concise Guide Series) 

Catholic Social Teachiing in Global Perspective: Gregorian University Studies in Catholic Social Teaching (Gregorial University Studies) (Gregorial University Studies in Catholic Social Teaching) 

Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret 

Heart of Catholic Social Teaching, The: Its Origin and Contemporary Significance 

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Rome is Babylon, and the Pope antichrist 

 

Christ died for Roman Catholics and Protestants alike, and I would point them to the Saviour of all mankind.

Wow, if you could read that and still defend it, you’re a worse person than I. That is PLAINLY wrong from start to finish, NO religion has the right to be that insane when it comes to Children or the rights of a married couple

UNDERSTANDING THE JESUIT ORDER!

WHY THEY DO WHAT THEY DO!

I thought that it would be good to reveal some info about the Jesuit order of the Catholic church ,since they are the PROBLEM that has caused so much suffering and DEATH to both the Jews and the TRUE church of Jesus (Yeshua) in the world BOTH past & PRESENT! Extreme Oath of the Jesuits


“When a Jesuit of the minor rank is to be elevated to command, he is conducted into the Chapel of the Convent of the Order, where there are only three others present, the principal or Superior standing in front of the altar. On either side stands a monk, one of whom holds a banner of yellow and white, which are the Papal colors, and the other a black banner with a dagger and red cross above a skull and crossbones, with the word INRI, and below them the words IUSTUM, NECAR, REGES, IMPIOUS. The meaning of which is: It is just to exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers. Upon the floor is a red cross at which the postulant or candidate kneels. The Superior hands him a small black crucifix, which he takes in his left hand and presses to his heart, and the Superior at the same time presents to him a dagger, which he grasps by the blade and holds the point against his heart, the Superior still holding it by the hilt, and thus addresses the postulant:”

Superior:

My son, heretofore you have been taught to act the dissembler: among Roman Catholics to be a Roman Catholic, and to be a spy even among your own brethren; to believe no man, to trust no man. Among the Reformers, to be a reformer; among the Huguenots, to be a Huguenot; among the Calvinists, to be a Calvinist; among other Protestants, generally to be a Protestant, and obtaining their confidence, to seek even to preach from their pulpits, and to denounce with all the vehemence in your nature our Holy Religion and the Pope; and even to descend so low as to become a Jew among Jews, that you might be enabled to gather together all information for the benefit of your Order as a faithful soldier of the Pope.

You have been taught to insidiously plant the seeds of jealousy and hatred between communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and incite them to deeds of blood, involving them in war with each other, and to create revolutions and civil wars in countries that were independent and prosperous, cultivating the arts and the sciences and enjoying the blessings of peace. To take sides with the combatants and to act secretly with your brother Jesuit, who might be engaged on the other side, but openly opposed to that with which you might be connected, only that the Church might be the gainer in the end, in the conditions fixed in the treaties for peace and that the end justifies the means.(WOW! A real CHRISTIAN organization that follows the LOVE of Christ…or Not!)

You have been taught your duty as a spy, to gather all statistics, facts and information in your power from every source; to ingratiate yourself into the confidence of the family circle of Protestants and heretics of every class and character, as well as that of the merchant, the banker, the lawyer, among the schools and universities, in parliaments and legislatures, and the judiciaries and councils of state, and to be all things to all men, for the Pope’s sake, whose servants we are unto death.

You have received all your instructions heretofore as a novice, a neophyte, and have served as co-adjurer, confessor and priest, but you have not yet been invested with all that is necessary to command in the Army of Loyola in the service of the Pope. You must serve the proper time as the instrument and executioner as directed by your superiors; for none can command here who has not consecrated his labors with the blood of the heretic; for “without the shedding of blood no man can be saved.” Therefore, to fit yourself for your work and make your own salvation sure, you will, in addition to your former oath of obedience to your order and allegiance to the Pope, repeat after me—

The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits:

“1, _ now, in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you, my ghostly father, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in the Pontificate of Paul the Third, and continued to the present, do by the womb of the virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of Jesus Christ, declare and swear, that his holiness the Pope is Christ’s Vice-regent and is the true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by virtue of the keys of binding and loosing, given to his Holiness by my Savior, Jesus Christ, he hath power to depose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments, all being illegal without his sacred confirmation and that they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power I shall and will defend this doctrine of his Holiness’ right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, especially the Lutheran of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the now pretended authority and churches of England and Scotland, and branches of the same now established in Ireland and on the Continent of America and elsewhere; and all adherents in regard that they be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome. I do now renounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or state named Protestants or Liberals, or obedience to any of the laws, magistrates or officers.

I do further declare that the doctrine of the churches of England and Scotland, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and others of the name Protestants or Liberals to be damnable and they themselves damned who will not forsake the same.

I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness’ agents in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other Kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my uttermost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberals’ doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise.

I do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding I am dispensed with, to assume my religion heretical, for the propaganda of the Mother Church’s interest, to keep secret and private all her agents’ counsels from time to time, as they may entrust me and not to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or circumstance whatever; but to execute all that shall be proposed, given in charge or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly father, or any of this sacred covenant.

I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion or will of my own, or any mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the Militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ.

That I may go to any part of the world withersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions of the North, the burning sands of the desert of Africa, or the jungles of India, to the centers of civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America, without murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things whatsoever communicated to me.

I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.

In confirmation of which, I hereby dedicate my life, my soul and all my corporal powers, and with this dagger which I now receive, I will subscribe my name written in my own blood, in testimony thereof; and should I prove false or weaken in my determination, may my brethren and fellow soldiers of the Militia of the Pope cut off my hands and my feet, and my throat from ear to ear, my belly opened and sulphur burned therein, with all the punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul be tortured by demons in an eternal hell forever!

All of which, I, _, do swear by the Blessed Trinity and blessed Sacraments, which I am now to receive, to perform and on my part to keep inviolable; and do call all the heavenly and glorious host of heaven to witness the blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the same further with my name written and with the point of this dagger dipped in my own blood and sealed in the face of this holy covenant.”

(He receives the wafer from the Superior and writes his name with the point of his dagger dipped in his own blood taken from over his heart.)

Superior:

“You will now rise to your feet and I will instruct you in the Catechism necessary to make yourself known to any member of the Society of Jesus belonging to this rank.

In the first place, you, as a Brother Jesuit, will with another mutually make the ordinary sign of the cross as any ordinary Roman Catholic would; then one cross his wrists, the palms of his hands open, and the other in answer crosses his feet, one above the other; the first points with forefinger of the right hand to the center of the palm of the left, the other with the forefinger of the left hand points to the center of the palm of the right; the first then with his right hand makes a circle around his head, touching it; the other then with the forefinger of his left hand touches the left side of his body just below his heart; the first then with his right hand draws it across the throat of the other, and the latter then with a dagger down the stomach and abdomen of the first. The first then says Iustum; and the other answers Necar; the first Reges. The other answers Impious.” (The meaning of which has already been explained.) “The first will then present a small piece of paper folded in a peculiar manner, four times, which the other will cut longitudinally and on opening the name Jesu will be found written upon the head and arms of a cross three times. You will then give and receive with him the following questions and answers:

Question From whither do you come? Answer The Holy faith.

Q. Whom do you serve?

A. The Holy Father at Rome, the Pope, and the Roman Catholic Church Universal throughout the world.

Q. Who commands you?

A. The Successor of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus or the Soldiers of Jesus Christ.

Q. Who received you? A. A venerable man in white hair.

Q. How?

A. With a naked dagger, I kneeling upon the cross beneath the banners of the Pope and of our sacred order.

Q. Did you take an oath?

A. I did, to destroy heretics and their governments and rulers, and to spare neither age, sex nor condition. To be as a corpse without any opinion or will of my own, but to implicitly obey my Superiors in all things without hesitation of murmuring.

Q. Will you do that? A. I will.

Q. How do you travel? A. In the bark of Peter the fisherman.

Q. Whither do you travel? A. To the four quarters of the globe.

Q. For what purpose?

A. To obey the orders of my general and Superiors and execute the will of the Pope and faithfully fulfill the conditions of my oaths.

Q. Go ye, then, into all the world and take possession of all lands in the name of the Pope. He who will not accept him as the Vicar of Jesus and his Vice-regent on earth, let him be accursed and exterminated.” Secret Instructions of the Jesuits – Revealed at Last!!

The Secret Instructions were first discovered during the 30 Years’ War when the Duke of Brunswick plundered the Jesuit’s college at Paderborn in Westphalia and made a present of their library to the Capuchins of the same town. Soon after reprints and translations appeared all over Europe.

The text of the Secret Instructions of the Society of Jesus reproduced here was found beneath the pallet on an adobe bed in a cottage in the Andes Mountains of Peru about a century ago. Students of the Incas recall that prior to the expedition of the National Geographic Magazine under Hiram Gingham, in 1911, archaeologists from European countries probed the ruins of this people, one of the greatest civilizations in history.

In 1870 a French archaeologist slipped unobtrusively into the office of the Secretary of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in San Francisco, California. He had been sent into the remote recesses of the Andes, where Pizarro and his army had conquered the Incas more than three centuries before. He had rented a room in a tiny village. This he used as a base of his operations. To this spot he returned periodically to rest from the dangerously high altitudes and to write his reports for shipment back to France. While he was away, the family frequently rented the same room to overnight guests. One of these happened to be a Jesuit official. On his departure he forgot a little book which he had hidden under the mattress. The French archaeologist accidentally found it. It was the Secret Instructions of the Society of Jesus—the top classified manual of procedure for the trusted leaders of the Jesuit Order. It was in Latin and bore the seal, signature and attestation of the General and Secretary of the Order in Rome.

For the next few days the Frenchman labored furiously translating the work in stenographic notes into French. He then replaced the book and left. The Jesuit returned in a few days inquiring nervously about his little black packet. He also wanted to know if anyone had occupied the room since his departure. On learning of the archaeologist he began a search so relentless that the Frenchman had to leave Peru. He finally reached San Francisco and entrusted his precious but dangerous burden to Edwin A. Sherman, the Secretary of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in California. Mr. Sherman included the Secret Instructions in his book The Engineer Corps of Hell published in 1882. For several years Edwin Sherman was the Masonic Historian of California. He was highly esteemed for his great accuracy and dependability.






THE MANNER OF PROCEDURE WITH WHICH THE SOCIETY MUST BE CONDUCTED WHEN CONSIDERING THE COMMENCING OF SOME FOUNDATION.

THE MANNER WITH WHICH THE FATHERS OF THE ORDER MUST CONDUCT THEMSELVES TO ACQUIRE AND PRESERVE THE FAMILIARITY OF PRINCES, MAGNATES AND POWERFUL AND RICH PERSONS.

HOW THE SOCIETY MUST BE CONDUCTED WITH THE GREAT AUTHORITIES IN THE STATE, AND IN CASE THEY ARE NOT RICH WE MUST LEND OURSELVES TO OTHERS.

OF THAT WHICH WE MUST CHARGE THE PREACHERS AND CONFESSORS OF THE GREAT OF THE EARTH.

OF THE MODE OF CONDUCTING THE SOCIETY WITH RESPECT TO OTHER ECCLESIASTICS WHO HAVE THE SAME DUTIES AS OURSELVES IN THE CHURCH.

OF THE MODE OF ATTRACTING RICH WIDOWS.

SYSTEM WHICH MUST BE EMPLOYED WITH WIDOWS AND METHODS OF DISPOSING OF THEIR PROPERTY.

METHODS BY WHICH THE CHILDREN OF RICH WIDOWS MAY BE CAUSED TO EMBRACE THE RELIGIOUS STATE, OR OF DEVOTION.

UPON THE AUGMENTING OF REVENUE IN THE COLLEGES.

OF THE PARTICULAR RIGOR OF DISCIPLINE IN THE SOCIETY.

HOW WE MUST CONDUCT OURSELVES UNITEDLY AGAINST THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN EXPELLED FROM THE SOCIETY.

WHO MAY COME THAT THEY MAY BE SUSTAINED AND PRESERVED IN THE SOCIETY.

OF THE YOUTH WHO MAY BE ELECTED TO BE ADMITTED INTO THE SOCIETY, AND OF THE MODE OF RETAINING THEM.

UPON RESERVED CASES AND MOTIVES THAT NECESSITATE EXPULSION FROM SOCIETY.

HOW THE SOCIETY MUST BE CONDUCTED WITH THE MONKS AND NUNS.

HOW WE MUST MAKE PROFESSION OF DESPISING RICHES.

METHODS TO EXALT THE COMPANY.





from Campion-Knights Website

THE PLAN of the proposed rule follows and is this:

In our society, which we wish to be called by the name Jesus, let whoever desires to fight under the sacred banner of the Cross, and to serve only God and the Roman pontiff, His vicar on earth, after a solemn vow of perpetual chastity,-let him keep in mind that he is part of a society, instituted for the purpose of perfecting souls in life and in Christian doctrine, for the propagation of the faith through public preaching, ministering the word of God, spiritual macerations, works of charity, and especially through the teaching of the young and uninstructed in the Christian precepts; and lastly for giving consolation to believers in hearing their confessions. Let him think first of God, then of the rule of this order, which is the way to Him; and let him follow after the end proposed by God with all his strength. Let each one, nevertheless, rest in the grace given him by the Holy Spirit, and in the proper grade of his calling, and lest anyone use zeal but not discretion, let the deciding of the grade of each, of the offices, and whole arrangement be in the hands of the general or prelate selected through us, in order that the harmony so necessary in all well-governed institutions may be preserved.

Let this general, with the council of his associates, have the power in council to draw up rules suitable for the end proposed, the majority of all voters of the society always having the right of deciding. Let it be understood that there be consultation in regard to the more important or permanent questions, the majority of the whole society, that can conveniently be convoked; in the case of less important or transient matters, all those that are present where the general lives. The right of carrying out laws, however, belongs only to the general.

Let all members know, and let it be not only at the beginning of their profession, but let them think over it daily as long as they live, that the society as a whole, and each of them, owes obedience to our most holy lord, the pope, and the other Roman pontiffs, his successors, and to fight with faithful obedience for God. And however much he may be learned in the Gospel, and however we may be taught in the orthodox faith, let all Christians profess themselves under the Roman pontiff as leader, and vicar of Jesus Christ. For the greater humility of our society, and toward the complete self-mortification of each one, and in order to aid the abnegation of our own wills to the greatest extent, let each one, besides that common obligation, be devoted to this by special vow. So that whatever the present or other Roman pontiffs order that concerns the saving of souls and the spread of the faith, and to whatever provinces he shall wish to send us, this let us strive to accomplish as far as in us lies, without any turning back or excuse; whether he shall send us to the Turks, or to any other infidels, even those living in the lands that are called the Indies; or to any heretics or schismatics, or believers, whatever. Wherefore let those that are about to join us consider long and well, before they put their shoulders to this task, whether they have enough grace for good deeds to mount this citadel at the command of their superiors; that is, whether the Holy Spirit that urges them promises to them enough grace to enable them with God’s help to bear the weight of this calling. And after they have given their name, at the inspiration of the Lord, to the service of Jesus Christ, having thus girded up their loins, they will be prompt to fulfill this grand vow.

Lest in some way there arise ambition or jealousy in regard to such missions or provinces, let all agree never either directly or indirectly to interfere with the Roman pontiff in this regard, but let them leave all such concern to God, and to the pontiff himself, His vicar, and to the general of the society. And let the general himself promise the same as the others, not to take upon himself a mission in any direction unless by the council of the society, with the agreement of the pontiff.

Let each vow to be obedient to the general of the society in all things that concern the fulfillment of these our regulations.

Let him command what he knows to be opportune for the advancement of the ends proposed by God and the society. In issuing these commands, he shall always keep the memory of the kindness, gentleness, and love of Christ, Peter, and Paul, before him, whose example in this rule let the council carefully follow.

Let them have charge especially over the education of children and of the heathen in the Christian doctrine of the ten commandments, and like rudiments, whatever seems suitable to the circumstances of the individuals, and of time and place. It is in fact very necessary in providing this, that the general and council look to it sharply, since it is not possible in the first place to rear an edifice without a foundation of faith, and there may be the danger that as one may be more learned than another, such a one may perchance abandon some province that seems at first sight not promising enough for him, when really no district would be more fruitful, either for instruction, or for training in charity and humility at the same time as our duties. Briefly, then, for the sake of the never enough praised exercise of humility, let them always be held to the obedience of the rule in all things concerning the institution of the society, and let them see Christ in the general as if present, and let them venerate him as is proper.

Since we know by experience that no life is happier, purer, or more apt to aid its fellow than the one most removed from all contagion of avarice, and close to holy poverty, and since we know that our Lord Jesus Christ provides necessary food and clothing for his servants seeking the kingdom of God, let each and all vow eternal poverty, and not to acquire any civil right, either personally, or for the maintenance or use of the society to any property, wherever situated, or to its income, but to be content with the use only of what is given them for meeting their own necessities.

Let them have the power, however, to have a college or colleges at the Universities, having census returns, revenues, or possessions, to be applied to the use and necessities of the students; the thing held to be under control of the general, and the society in accordance with the common government, including the superintendence of these colleges, and students, the method of the choice of governor, or governors, or students, or their admission, dismissal, recall, or expulsion; the introduction of rules for the instruction of the students, or their correction, or punishment, their clothing, and all other government, regulation and management. Nor can the students misuse the estates, nor the society turn them to its own use, but they must be used for the necessary expenses of the students. The students may, however, be admitted to the society after enough training in spirit and in letters, and a sufficient probation.

12. All members whatsoever in holy orders, even if they do not possess church benefices or the revenues of such, are to be bound each of them privately and individually, that is, not in common with others, to repeat the services according to the rites of the church.

13. These are the rules which we have drawn up concerning our profession as a model for the approval of our aforesaid master Paul, and the Apostolic See; this we have done that by this writing we might briefly inform on the one hand those who ask concerning the nature of the life we have instituted, and on the other the future imitators of our example, if by the will of God, there should be any so disposed, how we have intended this life to be lived, since we have learned by experience how many and how great difficulties are attached thereto. No one should be admitted to this society until he has been tried and proved for a long time and very carefully. Then only may he be admitted to the service of Christ, when he has shown himself wise in the wisdom of Christ and his doctrine, and pure in Christian life; and may Christ deign to favor our weak beginnings to the glory of God the father, to whom alone be glory and honor forever in all ages. Amen.

(Papal Confirmation.)

14. But since there is nothing in the above that is not pious and holy, and since those members who have humbly petitioned us in this matter will be more zealous for a holy life if they know that they are held in the special grace of the Apostolic See, and if they see that the above rules are approved by us, we therefore from our certain knowledge approve, confirm and bless by our apostolic rules, all and singly, as being apt for the spiritual progress both of the said members and of the whole Christian flock, and we receive the same members into our special protection and that of the Holy Apostolic See, granting to them the right to establish freely and with full warrant such particular institutions among themselves as they may judge to be suited to the ends of the society, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord, and to the advantage of all.

15. The constitutions of the general council, and of our predecessor Pope Gregory X, of blessed memory, and all other apostolic constitutions, and ordinations to the contrary notwithstanding.

16. We will, however, that in each society of this kind persons desirous of living by this rule of life to the number of sixty, and not more, may be admitted and added to the said society.

(Warning) Let no one, etc. And if anyone, etc.

Given at Rome at St. Mark’s, in the year of Incarnation of our Lord 1540, the fifth before the Kalends of October, in the sixth year of our pontificate.




BULL OF OCT. 18, 1549.
Paul, bishop, servant of the servants of God.


Although we are ever attentive and well-inclined toward our duty as shepherd to all who follow the regular life, that they may be continued and encouraged in their discipline and praiseworthy life, yet, like a loving father, directing our eyes especially toward the Society of Jesus, instituted and approved by us, which by word and deed among the Christian people has brought and brings now daily, like a fertile field, so many and so rich fruits to the Lord for the glory of the Most High King and for the increase of the faith, we have thought it proper to show especial favor to this society and to its members, who serve the Most High in the odor of sweetness, and therefore to grant them special privileges by which the society may be ruled usefully and guided profitably, and may progress in the Lord for the preservation of souls.

1. Hence it is that we have yielded to the supplications of our beloved sons the recently chosen general prepositus, and the other members of that order, and have granted to the said general prepositus who holds the position at this time, since he has been elected according to the constitutions of that society, that he is to be and is to be considered the true general prepositus of that religion, with full, general, and complete care and administration of all and every thing looking and pertaining to the happy rule and prosperous direction of said society, and that he is to begin to exercise his office in all things and to have full jurisdiction over all the members of this society and over all persons living in its obedience, wherever they may dwell, whatever exemptions they may claim, whatever property they may have.

2. The said prepositus may be and ought to be removed in certain cases in accordance with the rules of the society, by persons receiving the authority for this from the society and appointed for this, and another may and ought to be substituted in his place by the same or other persons as may seem most advantageous in the Lord to the aforesaid persons.

3. And the said prepositus has full power and warrant to go himself or to send his followers to any place whatsoever, even among the heathen, and to recall them, whenever he shall judge it expedient in the Lord, and to transfer them without fixed limit of time to other places when this shall seem to be expedient for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

4. And we determine, decree, and ordain that neither the prepositus without the consent and permission of the society, nor any of the members without the consent and permission of the prepositus may be capable of consenting to or accepting any election or provision from anyone in the dignity of bishop or archbishop or in any dignity whatsoever, through the authority of any prince or of any decree or of any persons having authority to confer such; or to receive an advancement or office in the society itself, if he is seen to be actuated by open or secret ambition for himself.

5. No appeal may be taken from the correction made by a rule which has been instituted according to the constitutions of the society (in order that the vigor of discipline may be maintained), nor can any appeal be taken to any judge, or any absolution from the duties of the society be obtained in this way.

6. The general prepositus and the inferior prepositi of this society are not bound to delegate the members or brothers of the said society to perform any service for patriarchs, archbishops, bishops or other ecclesiastical dignitaries, except by the authority of apostolic letters making specific mention of that society and of the service in question, and if any such members be delegated they are to remain under the discipline of the order and to be recalled when it may seem expedient to the society to do so.

7. Ignatius and his successors as general prepositi of the said society holding the office at the time are to have full and free power to remove or recall those among the brothers who have been delegated to the preaching of the cross or to the inquisition into private heresy, or similar offices, and to make null what these have done in excess of their authority, and to substitute others in the place of them whenever it shall seem expedient.

8. And we grant to the said Ignatius and the general propositi in office at the time the right to absolve by their own authority or by that of those to whom they may delegate such authority, all and each of the members of the said society and all persons living in obedience to it, from all and each of their sins, committed either before or after their entrance into the society, and from all sentences of excommunication, suspension or interdict, and from all other ecclesiastical or secular sentences, censures, and penalties, imposed or promulgated by law or by men in any way whatsoever.

10. Also it is decreed that every member of the society ought to confess his sins to his own prepositus or to one or more delegated for that by his prepositus and designated by the rules of the aid society, unless he has been given the right of his prepositus to choose his own confessor.

12. The general prepositus and the inferior prepositi have full and free power to excommunicate, seize and imprison, or otherwise subject to their discipline by themselves or through others those who have left the society or have become apostates or have even been insolent in any way, or who seem in general to have merited such punishment, in whatever situation they may be found, and the right also to call upon the aid of the secular arms, when it may be necessary.

13. We exempt and absolve this society and all its members and persons and all their possessions, from any superiority, jurisdiction, or correction of any order whatsoever, and we take them under the protection of the Apostolic See.

14. It is also permitted to the general prepositus and by his authority to all the members or brothers of the society of the rank of presbyters, in the places where they live or where they chance to be stopping, to have oratories and to celebrate in them or in any honorable and fitting place, masses and other divine offices even in times of interdict imposed by apostolic authority, with closed doors, in subdued voices, all excommunicated and interdicted being excluded; and to receive ecclesiastical sacraments and to administer them to others.

18. And also any Christians of whatever condition who are present in the meetings of the word of God or at the preaching of the brothers and members of this society, or in churches where they are meeting, may on those days hear masses and other divine services and receive the ecclesiastical sacraments; nor are they bound to attend their own parish churches at these times.

20. And since these members are suffering great poverty in the name of Christ and by their pious zeal of exhortation are directing good men to better things and striving to recall the erring to the way of rectitude, we grant to them the right to dwell freely in the lands of excommunicated, heretics, schismatics, and heathen, and to converse with them (with the permission of the prepositus), and to ask and receive from such persons the necessaries of life whenever they find it expedient to pass through their lands.

21. And of our especial grace we grant by our said authority and of these presents that they are not to be bound to receive correction, visitation, or inquisition in respect to their monasteries or churches or persons, or to admit the cognition of cases or the citations of parties, or pronunciation of sentences of interdict or excommunication or to be under the supervision provided for monks and other religious persons by general apostolic letters or to be provided in the future, unless such letters make specific mention of the case and of this society.

28. Moreover, since we have learned that the people of cities, lands and districts among whom the members have had their dwelling or where they are sojourning, flock to them gladly to be confessed and to receive the holy communion from their hands, in order that they may be able to satisfy those who thus crowd to hear them, we grant to all faithful Christians the right to confess to any member of this society, without first obtaining the permission of their regular rector, and they are not to be bound to confess again those sins which they have confessed and for which they have received absolution from a member of this society.

32. And it is granted to the general prepositus of the society that he may appoint anyone of his members whom he regards as suited to the office the power to teach theology and other branches of learning, no further authorization being required.

38. And considering how great advantage the professors of this society have brought and are bringing to the exaltation of the Christian faith and of the true gospel, we approve, grant and confirm all and every one of the favors, concessions, privileges and graces which have been conceded by us in any way to the aforesaid society, its members and person.

41. And whatever favors, concessions and graces have been conceded by us to the general prepositi of the society at the time in office may be freely and with full warrant exercised by their vicars or other persons considered by the prepositi to be suitable and delegated for the time, especially in the remote parts of India and other such regions.

45. And we command the said society and each of its members in the Lord to our beloved sons in Christ, the illustrious and noble princes and temporal lords, and to our venerable brothers, the ecclesiastical prelates of whatever rank; and we exhort and command them in the Lord not only to see to it that these members are not disturbed or their privileges violated, but also to receive them in kindness and love as is fitting.

46. And we command by this apostolic writing to all and each of our venerable brothers, archbishops, bishops, and to our beloved sons, the abbots, and priors, and to other persons placed in ecclesiastical dignity, and also to all the canons of metropolitan or other cathedral churches, and to the vicars-general and other officials of these archbishops and bishops, wherever constituted, that they themselves or through their delegates solemnly publish these letters and their contents whenever necessary and as often as they are to do so by the said members or any one of them, and that they aid the aforesaid members in the matter of these privileges herein mentioned with efficacious assistance and defense, and they cause these members to enjoy peacefully the privileges granted in these letters by our authority, not permitting them or any one of them to be molested unduly, in respect to the aforesaid privileges or for any other cause by the local authorities or by any persons whatsoever, but giving them complete justice in all cases as against any persons of any condition or rank, of any dignity or authority, patriarchal, archiepiscopal, episcopal, or mundane. Let all these authorities cause to be earned out whatever is ordered by this society and let them declare and cause to be excommunicated and interdicted those who have incurred the censures and penalties of the society.

47. The constitutions and ordinances, etc. . . . notwithstanding. Given at Rome at St. Mark’s in the year of the Incarnation of our Lord 1549, fifteenth of the Kalends of November, in the fifteenth year of our pontificate.

Excerpt from The Library of Original Sources 1907. THE ANTICHRIST AND ITS FALSE PROPHET IS ALIVE AND EVIL AND HAS BEEN FOR CENTUREIES…DON’T BE FOOLED!

You have been prophetically deluded…..and The Jesuits are to BLAME!

2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV) 20″ Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (The JESUITS nor ANYONE else have the right to REINTERPRET Scripture) 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:

but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Before we get to The Revelation of Jesus Christ I must DISPEL a major MYTH about Daniel chapter 9, one that has FOOLED A MULTITUDE OF THE CHURCH and propagated a great lie for Centuries now.

Dan 9:23

At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The Time Period Spanned By The Seventy Weeks

In considering the time period spanned by the prophecy, it is necessary to settle three things: first, the starting point; second, the actual measurement of time cryptically revealed as “seventy weeks”; third, the ending point. Any two of these times are sufficient to establish the third.

The information concerning the starting point is disclosed by the prophet: From the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem.

At the time the prophecy was revealed to Daniel, he and his people were captives in Babylon, and the land of his nativity was occupied by foreigners.

The temple and Jerusalem itself had been laid in ruins.

The period of time prophetically indicated as “seventy weeks” was to begin when a commandment was given permitting the captive Jews to return to Jerusalem and undertake its restoration. If we can determine which commandment this was, and the year in which it was given, we shall have learned when the time period began.

The problem is that the Bible records four different decrees, all of which bear examination, and are set out in the diagram below.


The Four Decrees of the Persian Kings

There is no obvious reason for choosing one of these decrees over the others.

But one is constrained by the requirements of the case.

Seventy weeks were to elapse from the giving of the decree until Messiah the Prince’s work was complete.

On this basis, as shall be shown, it is the third decree that appears to be the starting point for the prophecy.

The Bible’s record of this decree is set out in Ezra 7:11-13.

Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.

Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the Cod of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time. I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

Some thirteen years later, the same Persian monarch issued a second decree, in the form of a letter given to Nehemiah. (This decree is the fourth decree on the diagram.)

It would appear that Nehemiah’s work towards the restoration of Jerusalem was only a continuation of the work originally begun by Ezra, for it is evident that they laboured together for a time (See Nehemiah 8:9).

This is one reason for concluding that the initial decree of Artaxerxes in 457 B.C. is the one intended by the prophecy, although admittedly a case can be made for his decree of 444 B.C.

In this respect, it is interesting to note that calculations using both decrees expire at approximately the same time, if different measures of years are used. In the East where Daniel was living it was more common to measure years by the number of revolutions of the moon, twelve complete cycles of the moon being taken as one year.

These years are termed “lunar years” in contrast to our more familiar “solar year” which is one complete revolution of the earth about the sun. The lunar year is about eleven days shorter than the solar year. Measuring “seventy weeks” from 457 B.C. in solar years or from 444 B.C. in lunar years results in approximately the same terminus.

This point is mentioned to draw the reader’s attention to the fact that this exposition is not seriously affected by the choice of starting point, as both the third decree, measuring “seventy weeks” in solar years, and the fourth decree, measuring the time span in lunar years, yield approximately the same ending point. Although it is not possible to decisively choose one decree above another as the starting point, the strongest case, in the writers’ view, can be made for the third decree of 457 B.C.

It is now time to settle the second detail. What period of time is actually indicated by the prophetic measure of “seventy weeks”? There is universal agreement that seventy literal weeks are not intended, for this would be a period of time little more than one year.

This leads us to a consideration of an essential principle of prophetic interpretation and a striking characteristic of prophetic revelation. In prophecy, a day is used to represent a time interval whose actual fulfilment will be one year (See Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6)

Why should this be?

The answer is that God has chosen symbols that represent in miniature things that are to happen on the earth. For example, two wild animals fighting represent the overthrow of one kingdom by another. Likewise, there has been a corresponding need to miniaturize the time associated with the event, so that it is in keeping with the character of the symbol employed. Beasts might fight for days but not for years-so that when, in prophecy, beasts symbolically enact the roles that kings and nations will later fulfil, the time associated with their activity must be expressed on a reduced scale in order to maintain the internal consistency of the revelation.

Where measurements of time are involved, the key is that each day on the miniature prophetic scale represents one year of actual time when the prophecy is worked out in history. On this well established basis, the “seventy weeks” time span, comprising four hundred ninety days, corresponds to four hundred ninety years of actual time. We are now in a position to settle the third detail concerning the time span of the prophecy-its expiry date. From Daniel 9:25 it is clear that sixty nine weeks were to elapse from the going forth of the commandment until Messiah the Prince. But what is intended by this phrase “Messiah the Prince”?

Does it refer to the time of his birth or some other time?

The answer to this question lies in the meaning of the term “Messiah”.

It simply means anointed. Jesus therefore did not become the Messiah until the time of his anointing, and this certainly did not occur at his birth.

The record of his anointing is contained in Matthew 3:16-17:

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

This was the incident in the life of Jesus by which he was manifested to Israel. And I (John the Baptist) knew him (Jesus) not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water (John 1:31) And, it is shown in Acts 10:38, that it was at his baptism, when he received the Holy Spirit without measure, that he became the Anointed of God. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power:

“who went about doing good, and healing all that were possessed with the devil; for God was with him.”

By the phrase, “unto Messiah the Prince” is intended, therefore, the time to the baptism of Jesus, for it was not until this time that he was anointed by God, and thereafter assumed the title of Messiah. Sixty nine weeks represent four hundred eighty-three days, which, as we have shown earlier in this exposition, represent four hundred eighty three years of actual time.

Adding this time to 457 B.C., when the commandment to restore Jerusalem was given, brings us to the year A.D. 27. Was this the year in which Jesus was baptized by John?

It is recorded by Luke that at the time of his baptism, Jesus was about thirty years of age (Luke 3:23) However, it is generally recognized that Jesus was born in approximately 4 B.C., in which case he would be exactly thirty years of age in A.D. 27. (When the B.C.–A.D. calendar was formulated, the birth of Christ was misplaced by about four years.

This explains why Jesus was not thirty years old in A.D. 30.) Thus it was about A.D. 27 when Jesus was baptized, that year being exactly sixty nine weeks or four hundred eighty three years from the first decree of Artaxerxes. The three details concerning the first sixty nine weeks of the prophecy have now been settled–the starting date was the decree of Artaxerxes in 457 B.C.; the time span was four hundred eighty three years; and the ending point was the baptism and anointing of Jesus in A.D. 27.

It was noted at the outset that any two of these three details would be sufficient to establish the third. Notwithstanding the fact that an effort has been made to verify all three, it must be admitted that the main reason for choosing the third decree as the starting point–and it is the starting point that is the most difficult to fix–is that it fits in with the other two remarkably well.

The following diagram, which summarizes the prophecy, adds the seventieth and final week to the sixty nine, for it is the events of this week that shall largely concern us for the balance of this exposition.


The Time Span of the Seventy Weeks Before leaving the subject of the time spanned by the prophecy, it is worth our time to consider whether or not the prophecy had any effect on the people in the time of Christ. Four different sources indicate that the world at large was expecting Messiah to appear at that time. The first source is the Bible itself. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ (the Messiah) or not (Luke 3: 15). The Jewish historian Josephus is the second source. Writing of this general time, within forty years of the death of Christ at the time of the Jewish wars, he notes:

“That which did especially inspire them (the Jews) to undertake this war was an ambiguous oracle likewise found in their sacred writings, how that some one of their own country, pertaining to that time, should attain the empire of the habitable earth.

(1) The Jews took their Scriptures with them as they spread throughout the Mediterranean world and two Romans, one an historian and the other a biographer, record an opinion similar to that of Josephus.

It is probable they developed this expectation as a result of their contact with Jews. Referring to the time of the Jewish war, in A.D. 66 to 70, they wrote:

“A few turned these events into a cause for alarm; the greater number were possessed with a belief that it was written in the ancient writings of the priests that it would come to pass at that very time, that the East would grow mighty, and that men proceeding from Judea would gain the empire of the world.”

(2) “A firm persuasion had long prevailed through all the East, that it was fated (i.e. contained in the Book of Fates or prophecies) at that time for the Empire of the World to devolve upon some one who should come forth from Judea.”

(3) These four sources show that there was an expectation of a Jewish Deliverer either coincident with or shortly after the appearance of Christ, and while none of them expressly trace this idea to the prophecy of the Seventy Weeks, it is apparently the source from which it was derived. One is led to conclude that the prophecy did have a noticeable effect on the world at that time.

“Why do the nations rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Christ…He that sitteth in theheavens shall laugh… Yet I have set my king upon my holy hill Zion.” (Psalm 2:1, 2, 4,6) A most interesting aspect of this prophetic Psalm is that the opening inquiry of the writer is left unanswered.

His searching question concerns the reason why the peoples of the earth are hostile to Christ when he returns to subject the earth to his benevolent rule. The word used in the query, “vain,” means “having no real substance.” The distinct implication of the question is that the world has imagined something that is not true, that its leaders are deceived in some way.

In this work a possible reason for the opposition to Christ, which it is believed is related to the “vain” idea those opposing him will hold, is advanced. It is the sincere desire on the part of those producing this pamphlet [Antipas in the producing of this website], to inform the public as to the nature of the expectations of many modern Bible students, and the possible consequences that these views may ultimately have when Jesus returns to this earth.

By becoming acquainted with the evidence, the reader will hopefully then be in a better position to form his own opinion on the validity or invalidity of the ideas being put forth respecting future events.In recent years, there has been a tremendous increase in interest within christian circles as to what the Bible reveals about the course history will follow. One of the most prominent beliefs to emerge is the conviction that a single man will arise, the Antichrist, who will personally fulfil many prophecies in the Bible.

With many this idea has become a basic tenet of their faith.

An almost feverish anticipation has developed, fueled by a continuing stream of books and films, that this individual will soon appear in Jerusalem, demand to be worshipped and revered as a god, and quickly ascend to the position of supreme world dictator. There is almost complete agreement that these events are nearly upon us.

This presents a very sobering and arresting challenge to the reader. Where will he give his loyalty when this personage manifests himself?

Could it be, is there even a remote possibility, that Christ himself could be mistakenly identified as the Antichrist? Could the most serious blunder of history be the opposing of the real Christ as the fabricated Antichrist? Lest the reader dismiss the suggestion out of hand, we beg him/her to compare what the Scriptures reveal concerning Christ at His second coming on the one hand, with what many christian expositors believe this evil despot, Antichrist, will do, on the other.

1. Antichrist will appear suddenly. “The way in which this dictator is going to step onto the stage of history will be dramatic. Overnight he will become the byword of the world. He is going to be distinguished as supernatural…” — Lindsey, Hal, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1970, page 108. 1. Christ will appear suddenly. “For as a snare shall it (his coming) come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” (Luke 21:35)

2. Antichrist himself, or his chief cohort, the False Prophet, will be a Jew. “This person (The False Prophet), who is called the second beast, is going to be a Jew. Many believe he will be from the tribe of Dan, which is one of the tribes of the original progenitors of the nation of Israel.” — Lindsey, Hal, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1970, page 112. “Several other items lead Bible students to conclude that antichrist will be a Jew. It is hard to believe that Israel would receive a Gentile Messiah. No Gentile could pose as Christ with any success.” — John L. Benson, “Will the Real Antichrist Please Stand Up?” BP Publications, Denver, 1974, page 37. 2. Jesus is a Jew. “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” (Matt. 2:2) Among Christ’s immediate co-rulers will be Jews — the twelve apostles. “Ye also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matt. 19:28) 3. Antichrist will claim that he is the Messiah of Israel. “The antichrist will actually pose as the Messiah, he will claim Messianic titles and privileges… The antichrist is a person who will attempt to convince Israel that he is their long-anticipated Messiah.” — Lindsey, Hal, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1970, page 10. 3. Jesus will exercise his appointed office of Messiah. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Ezek. 21:27) “And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:33) “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zech. 12:10) 4. Antichrist will perform miracles. “With (sic) the counterfeit christ arrives, he will perform miracles in order to convince Israel that he is the prophet like Moses. The man of sin sits as a priest in the temple and engages in a prophetic ministry.” — Lindsey, Hal, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1970, page 22. “In other words, Satan himself is going to give him fantastic power. He is going to be able to work all kinds of miracles. This is one reason that Christians should not get too excited when they see a miracle. It may not be a miracle from God. Satan is a miracle worker…” — Lindsey, op. cit., page 106. 4. Christ will perform miracles. “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out and streams in the desert.” (Isaiah 35:5,6) 5. Antichrist will reside in Jerusalem. “Jerusalem … the capital and centre of the world dictator’s (i.e. Antichrist’s rule…” — John F. Walvoord, “Armageddon,” Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1974, page 170. 5. Jesus will rule from Jerusalem. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets… Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Luke 13:34, 35) “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” (Psalm 2:6) “For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3) 6. Antichrist will rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem and be involved with the service therein. “The Antichrist will deify himself — just like the Caesars did. He will proclaim himself to be God. He will demand that he be worshipped and will establish himself in the temple of God. (2 Thess. 2:4) There is only one place where this temple of God can be and that is on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, on the site where the Dome of the Rock and other Moslem shrines now stand. There are many places in the Bible that pinpoint this location as the one where the Jews will rebuild their Temple.” — Lindsey, op. cit., pages 109-110. “The Israelis will then be permitted to reinstitute the sacrifice and offering aspect of the law of Moses. This demands that the Temple be rebuilt, because according to the law of Moses, sacrifices can only be offered in the Temple at Jerusalem. Apparently all this will be done under the protection of the Antichrist of Rome. (P.S. The Arabs are not going to like this idea of rebuilding the Temple one bit.)” — Lindsey, op. cit., page 152. 6. Jesus will rebuild the Temple at Jerusalem and be involved with the services therein. “After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord…” (Acts 15:16,17) “Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is the Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” (Zech. 6:12, 13) 7. Antichrist will form a covenant with the Jews. “The Romans under Titus did the destroying, so the coming prince would have to be someone out of the Roman culture… (Others say that Antichrist must be a Jew, rather than someone of the Roman culture — see point 2 above.

This shows the immense amount of unsubstantiated speculation that has been done.) This Roman prince will come to power just before the return of Christ. He will make ‘a strong covenant’ with the Israelis, guaranteeing their safety and protection. The word translated ‘strong covenant’ has the idea of a treaty or mutual protection pact.” — Lindsey, op. cit., pages 151-152. 7.

Jesus will be a great leader and will re-introduce the Jews into God’s true everlasting covenant. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.”

(Romans 11:26, 27)

“Incline your ear and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.”

(Isaiah 55:3,4)

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.”

(Jeremiah 31:31)

“For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king …

” (Hosea 3:4,5)

8. Antichrist will somehow defeat Russia when it attacks Israel. “With the world balance of power dramatically in his favour and the world dazzled by Russia’s defeat (in its attempt to invade Israel) the Antichrist will show his true colours. He will declare himself world dictator and move to crush all opposition.” — Walvoord, op. cit., page 141. 8.

Russia will be defeated by the power of Almighty God at a time very close to, if not coincident with, Christ’s return to commence his rule on earth. “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.”

(Ezek. 38.23)

The Bible clearly teaches that God, and not a human agency will destroy Russia when it moves south; the idea that some individual will do this is totally foreign to scripture.

9. Antichrist’s rule will commence with a proclamation and those who refuse to submit to it will be crushed. “Ironically, the Mediterranean leader will begin his world government by proclamation. Using his consolidated position of power in the Middle East, he will promise a new day of peace and prosperity for all who recognize his leadership…

This man’s absolute control politically, economically, and religiously will give him power such as no man has ever had in human history.

His brilliance as a leader will be superhuman for he will be dominated and directed by Satan himself. But during his 3-1/2 year rule, he will ruthlessly crush all opposition.” — Walvoord, op. cit., page 161. [Emphasis added] 9. Christ’s rule will commence with a proclamation and those who refuse to submit to it will be crushed.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of judgment is come; and worship him that made heaven and earth and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

(Rev. 14:6, 7)

“And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off…”

(Micah 4:3)

“To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints.”

(Psalm 149:7-9) See also Daniel 2:44; 7:14; Psalm 72:7, 11.

The reader may well reflect at this juncture, “I see clearly the possibility that due to the remarkable similarity between what Jesus will do at his Second Coming and what this supposed Antichrist, according to many writers, would do, that a case of mistaken identity could certainly result:

Jesus could very definitely be opposed for the reason that many think him to be this very Antichrist that they had been told about. Two questions do arise, however:

(1) By what authority is it stated that these expositions of a Coming Antichrist are not sound?

(2) Surely it is not being implied that good christian people, many of them currently holding this Antichrist view, will be among those deceived, if the above hypothesis is, in fact, true?

Is the writer unaware that the Rapture will occur just prior to the manifestation of this Antichrist (according to present day expositions) and that they will be in heaven with Jesus during the reign of the Antichrist, and therefore could not possibly be deceived?”

Protestant expositors immediately reacted to these ideas:

“But mine anger and indignation burst out against the Jesuits.

For when I had by chance light upon Ribera, who made a commentary on this same holy Revelation, Is it even so?

said I Do the Papists take heart again; so as that book, which of a long time before they would scarce suffer any man to touch, they dare now take in hand, to intreat fully upon?

What!

was it but a vain image or bug, at the sight whereof they were wont to tremble a few years since, even in the dim light, that now they dare be bold to look wishly upon this glasse in the clear sunshine; and dare to proclaime to the world that any other thing rather is poynted at in it than their Pope of Rome?”‘

(Thomas Brightman, circa 1600) Other writers, such as Nicolas Vignier the Younger, rose up to answer the expositions put forth by the Roman writers; for example, he wrote a book entitled (loose translation from the French)

“The Theater of Antichrist:

Which is a response to Cardinal Bellarmine, Sieur de Remond, Ribera, Viegas, Sanderus and others which by their writings condemn the doctrine of the English Reformers on this Subject” (Rochelle, 1614).

And so the controversy continued:

the Protestants maintained that the book of Revelation was currently being fulfilled and the Romanists maintained that it was either in the future or the past. This ENTIRE edifice of Prophesy is built upon the SAND of man-made foolishness. There is NO proof it’s the real intent of scripture, in fact it fails the test of scripture at many turns…BUT who’s really looking anyway?